Scania develops smartwatch designed for truck drivers

Scania develops limited edition smartwatch that can interface with your truck

Scania develops smartwatch designed for truck drivers
Scania is naming its limited edition truck driver smartwatch the 'Black Griffin'

Scania has collaborated with Sony Mobile to develop the Black Griffin, a smartwatch that’s designed for truck drivers and can display telematics information.

The Black Griffin appears to owe a lot to the design of Sony’s recently released Smartwatch 3, and Scania say that its watch will have similar capabilities. In addition to the regular smartwatch features, Scania says that the watch will allow drivers to see fuel consumption, speed and driving efficiency data on the watch, all sourced from the truck’s telematics.

Scania connected services head Mattias Lundholm acknowledges that the ‘wearables’ trend is in its early stages.

"However, we see exciting opportunities for connecting a wristwatch to the essential information obtainable from a truck’s technical systems, as well as to data from our systems for real-time monitoring and analyses of truck fleets," Lundholm adds.

Like the Sony Smartwatch 3, the Scania watch requires an android phone to operate.

"We wanted to develop technology that allowed the Scania Watch to truly serve as a friend of the driver. Existing fleet management apps have primarily targeted transport companies and fleet operators. The Scania watch, combined with the new app, takes the technology one step further and helps the driver in his or her daily work" Scania project manager Jonas Svanholm says.

Just 999 of the limited edition watches will be made initially, but Scania say that they plan on continuing to develop newer watch iterations as well as new software updates for the existing device.

"We hope future versions will include functions such as providing information on the driver’s pulse rate. This will open up a range of health and safety services for drivers," Svanholm adds.  

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